Bernie Sanders highlights vote against Iraq war saying ''it is easy to apologize for a bad vote, 15 or 20 years later when the tide has changed.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Senator Bernie Sanders underscored his opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq at a campaign event in New Hampshire, as he highlighted differences between himself and opponent Hillary Clinton, who supported the war while she was a senator from New York. "In 2002, a rather important event took place, in fact the most important debate in terms of foreign policy in the modern history of the United States of America," Sanders said. "And in that debate, in that time George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, the entire Bush Administration was telling us how totally necessary it was for us to invade Iraq," he said. "I listened very very carefully, to that debate, because I knew that the result of that debate would mean that kids in Vermont, and kids in New Hampshire who went off to war might not come home alive, and I listened, and I ended up concluding they were not telling the truth. I led the opposition against the war in Iraq," Sanders said. Clinton, who has frequently called the Iraq vote a mistake, said it should be placed in the historical context of years of terrorism before the invasion. "You know, sometimes, it is easy to apologize for a bad vote, 15 or 20 years later when the tide has changed, it is a lot harder to stand up, even though you are outnumbered and cast the right vote," Sanders said. Sanders, an independent U.S. senator from Vermont who is a democratic socialist, is polling more than 15 points ahead of Clinton in New Hampshire, but is trailing her nationally by roughly the same amount. Clinton is seeking to manage expectations about her performance in next week's New Hampshire primary, saying Sanders has an advantage because he is from a neighboring state. But Clinton shows huge polling leads in the next round of primary contests in Nevada and South Carolina. The results from New Hampshire could shift momentum in the Democratic race. Clinton had hoped for a strong finish against Sanders in Iowa to vanquish his insurgent candidacy. In New Hampshire, she hopes to overcome his polling lead.